Students enrolled 898
School leader Grace Chin

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3255 Half Moon Bay Circle
West Sacramento, CA 95691

(916) 375-7778
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4 stars
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May 22, 2014
I absolutely love this school. By far one of the best schools in sacramento area. Teachers are very involved with the kids. The staff is professional and caring. Best choice I ever made by choosing this school for my children's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
My child is in first grade she has ended up almost wetting herself the 1st she ask her teacher to go to restroom.2nd time she ended up wetting herself.I asked to speak to the principal they said she wasn't there I left a note never got a call, never try to reach to me.My daughter is not the only person in her class that has done this another shy girl had this happened to her too.If the teacher is busy you will pull your card .you get no field trips for 1st grade

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
My three kids have been in this school for 5 years now. This is a great school. No school is ideal but this school has lots to offer. I like the fact that the principal of this school dresses so professionally. This sets the dress code for the teachers and the students. Each year this school keeps getting better and better.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
I am so happy with this school, the teachers are wonderful and care not only about academics but about teaching the students social skills and manners.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
We recently relocated from NYC to West Sacramento. The most overwhelming task was trying to find the best school for our child. In our prior school my child had to deal with bullying, their for selecting the right school was very important. Not just any school would do as we had our list of concerns. And our prayers were answered and blessed with Bridgeway. The school has an excellent Principal & Asst. Principal and express no nonsense policy on bullying. Each of my daughter's teachers have been supportive and helpful to each of us as a family, not just our child. They all have websites keeping us abreast to each wks lesson plans. Weekly emails letting you know on class happenings. My daughter a shy student is now part of many extra curricular activities, joined the volleyball team, participating in school talent show. Bridgeway has excellent teacher/staff, strong principal/school leadership, and challenging academic programs. The school's PTO also invaluable in helping us and our child connect to the student body and teachers. As a military family we have seen our share of schools, and none like Bridgeway.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Bridgeway Island Elementary School is the best elementary school in West Sacramento. Lead by Principal Grace Chin, the teachers and staff are second to none. Having successful students is top priority. They're given the tools to do their very best. Teachers are willing to give up their time to help all students whenever needed. They continue to provide extracurricular activities such as sports, band, theater, a recycle club, and others to keep the students interested in their own education. The PTO helps provide assistance with whatever the school needs. There is a terrific feeling of "community" at this school. There's no reason why any student attending this school wouldn't be excelling.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
The teachers and staff are wonderful. They care about each student and want everyone to achieve their goals. The only suggestion is to have cleaner bathrooms.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
I don't know why I overlooked this school. Originally sending my child to a neighborhood private school where each year the tuition went up and the principal's attitude plummeted down. We couldn't take it anymore and made the switch to Bridgeway. What a Difference!! My child in engaged and the curriculum is at a much higher level than the private school. Teachers push kids to always give their best and holds them accountable for their choices. The principal, Mrs. Chin, is what finally sold me. She is on top of it. Comes out to greet the children and the parents. She holds informational coffee time and attends PTO meetings. She makes herself available and doesn't hide behind "pre-determined answers to questions given beforehand or an attitude of 'because that was my choice' " which I experienced in the other school. Great community environment and good kids. Go Bridgeway Bees!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Bridgeway is such a great school, both our kids enjoy their teachers this year.Many of the teachers are so involved and have great communication skills! One of the only fallbacks is lack of field trips (that all other schools take). We are happy to know our kids will have lasting friendships from bridgeway.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
I am so glad my boys now go to their neighborhood school. They used to go to another school that I had to drive them to, when we had a wonderful school 2 minutes away! My second grader is actually excited to do homework and tell me what he did during his day (a big change). Ms. Kugler is very kind but firm with the kids and very energetic and excited to teach them. My older son likes the fact that the classes and halls aren't packed like his old school. Bridgeway is great!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Bridgeway Island Elementary School has extremely high standards. The staff and community are wonderful and care so much about the students. It really is a community of caring, wonderful people who want the best for their students. One of the reasons we chose this school is because of the high standard of excellence.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
This is our 7th year at Bridgeway Island Elementary School. All 3 of my children go there now and we had nothing but great teachers. They are very dedicated to the children, spend a lot if extra time to help them out when needed. The principal has improved this school immensely over time and our PTO after some beginners struggles in the first few years of the school is adding outstanding improvements and activities to the school. Including a lot new shade structures made out of solar panels and a new "garden" for educational purpose. Love this school. And I know there are a lot more ideas and projects that need some funding in the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
I have two students who attend Bridgeway, and we have been a Bridgeway family for six years. Even though Bridgeway is a very large K-8 school, we have always felt that our children have received an excellent education with caring teachers and administration. Academics are a priority at Bridgeway, and the API has steadily increased every year. This reflects students' and teachers' respect for the educational system and the seriousness with which everyone treats academics. My children are high achievers and have been continually challenged. We have never had a complaint with any of the teachers we have had and feel that Mrs. Chin, the principal, hires quality teachers and expects the best from her staff and students.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
We love this school!!! The principal Mrs. Chin is amazing and keeps her students, parents & teachers accountable. They are always improving areas, great parent involvement and the teachers are excellent. My son transferred from parochial school in 3rd grade and his transition was practically seamless. Thank you, Bridgeway!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
My two children have been attending Bridgeway Island elementary since kindergarten. My eldest in now in 7th! So we've been around a long time. I am very pleased with the education my children are recieving. Mrs. Chin, our school principal, is very driven and passionate about helping our kids succeed. Thus, she expects nothing less from the staff she brings in. Our teachers are educated, competent, motivated, and genuine. I haven't had a teacher I had issues with. They are all wonderful and I'm grateful for their dedication. Bullying is always an issue with students. My children have experienced a few incidents. However, it has always been handled efficiently and effectively by administration and the teachers. I recently attended Back to school night and was pleased to hear that the school has implemented Structured Play during recess to control bullying. This prevents the instigators from starting trouble and reinforces comradery amongst the students. What a great idea! Of course there's always room for improvement but it's comforting to know Mrs. Chin and her staff are always striving to make things better for our kids. I would not send my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
The best school in the district. The teachers we have had for both of our children have been great. Our kids are both excelling and the top of their classes. The administration responds to any of our concerns in a timely manner.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
School is located in an area of mostly newer suburban homes, post 2000. West Sacramento has become a very diverse community and the student population at Bridgeway Island reflects that. Both my children (grades 3 & 7) have been at this school since Kindergarten. There has been minor typical school communication mishaps but we are very grateful and happy with the administration and teachers for their performance. Some parents opined that they do not always feel informed of school happenings. This is understandable these days with many families with both parents working. But all events at the school seem to be fully attended, which means they care. For this reason, I decided to join the Parent Teacher Organization in hopes helping to improve communications and the feeling of being connected as a school community.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
This school is great! I just moved to the community and all the staff have been so helpful and welcoming! All the teachers seem very friendly and knowledgeable.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Bridgeway Island Elementary School has a great, caring staff - from the principal, teachers, yard duties, cafeteria staff, secretary. They truly want each child to thrive and succeed. The school recently went green and is engaging our children in the importance of doing our part to help the environment. They are also really proactive in encouraging healthy eating by providing fruit/veg options during lunch as well as a "walk/bike to school" program. I look forward to many more years at this school for my two young daughters!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Great leadership, dedicated teachers and involved parents! I choose this school over a charter school and private school. The API compares to other local school districts such as Davis, Folsom and Elk Grove. I started emailing the principal prior to my children starting at Bridgeway island and she not only responded but invited my husband and me in for a meeting! I couldn't be happier with our decision in choosing this school for our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
This school is one of the best in the area. The class sizes are low and the teaching staff are excellent. Lots of parent involvement and kudos to Ms. Chin.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2013
Great teachers and involved parents. More regular charater education and better parent group communication would push this school over the API 900 mark.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
We love the school! The teachers are dedicated. In general, the principal, teachers, staffs, and parents are super.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
We moved from Davis, my children are 5th and 6th grade. They study at this school for a year. Teacher and environment are as good as the school in Davis.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
I had my son in this school for K and 1st but changed to Southport for the first part of 2nd grade. Our experience at Bridgeway has been absolutely wonderful compared to that of Southport. We are moving back into the Bridgeway Island school zone for the main reason of getting back to this good school. My son's teacher at Southport was a total nightmare who repeatedly told us she was having issues with my son but who never had enough time to communicate with us about it. She comes across as though she hates her job and the things I would hear from my son when he would come home made my stomach turn. It isn't just his teacher either - everything there is poorly organized and I have only the administration to blame for it. His prior teachers at Bridgeway have been wonderful and the atmosphere there is one of care and organization. The office staff are wonderful and actually talk to the students and parents as if they are people. We are hoping to have our kids finish their elementary years with Bridgeway. This school is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
Maybe there were changes in admin made, because this school is 100% better than Southport Elementary as far as admin goes. I give the principal high marks for the atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
i love this school is is very outstanding i just wish for my kids to stay there.

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May 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
I agree with the parent that post on Oct. 21.2008. The office think harrasing is not physically so they didn't discipline other kids. When other kid hits your kid, parents have to come to the office many times in order to get it volve and it is not strict enough that other kids keep repeating. Also, I hope the teachers to grade their student writing more.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
My children have been going to Bridgeway since 2005 and we've never had any issue with the quality of instruction. We've had seven teachers and all have been good. However, I cannot say a single nice word about the administration. From kindergarten registration (chaotic nightmare every year) to communication to general snarkiness, I have been very disappointed. We're lucky if one out of our three kids brings home information about things like assignments, pictures, free dress days, field trips or other things that are important for the parents to know. My biggest problem, though, is that the school does not provide much incentive for the kids to excel. My kids are academically advanced, but they usually have to sit there and be bored after they've finished their assignments. The school seems to teach only to the mid-level student and they don't really know what to do with rest.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
The communication with the school is almost non existant. My daughters Kindergarten teacher is a good teacher but I have had nothing but problems with the admin. They only tell you if you ask and then most of the time it's only half the story.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
My son has had nothing but problems, the school does not discipline students that are harrasing or even beating up other children. My son has always been a great student who loves to learn, now he hates going to school and if you try to talk to his teacher, she blames the child for all her problems. Good luck talking to anybody in the office about your childs problems. They seem to honestly not really care.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
great school i would not take my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
I am surprised at the one parent who thinks that the school lacks the skills for higher level students. By the number of grammatical errors in that parent's post, I would be more concerned about what help the child gets at home. My kindergartener has a great teacher. At age five, she can read over 100 words, and we are only half way through the school year. In speaking with other parents who have kindergarteners in other schools, in California and out of state, 100 is incredible. Maybe because we are new to having a child in elementary school we aren't aware of what else could be available or lacking. But my main concern is my child's education. Extra cirricular activites will be something I seek out myself if I deem it necessary. Not all of your child's development should rest on the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
My son attending this school. From day one there were problems. The school lack any type of mentoring or character ed for the school. The staff is full of new teachers that lack the skills necessary to help higher level students. The principal is particularly unhelpful. She is unapproachable and often does not return phone calls. We eventually sold our home and moved with in the boundaries of a more appropriate educational environment for our children.

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September 10, 2007
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August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
My soon to be second grader has attended Bridgeway Island elementary school since kindergarten and as of thus far we are completely satisfied with each of his teachers.The educational aspect seems great and I am always amazed at how quickly the students learning the same materials I did but they are learing them 1-3 years sooner than I did when I was in school. Our school runs smoothly considering the number of students that attend the only area I believe we could improve our school is through increased parent participation which would enable us to expand extra curricular activities for our students. I am pretty active in the school and each teacher/staff member I have dealt with is nice and genuinely seems to enjoy their job and do so with a smile.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
My kindergarden age son has a great teacher. It has been a wonderful learning experience for him. He loves school. However, [other] son has a teacher who is very immature in handling problem situations. A lot of times she makes things more difficult and being too hard on the kids than it should be. Even though my oler child likes school he feels stressed a lot of times about how would teacher react to this or that. Overall, the school seems to be very nice. The principal is very controlling, concernebd about safety and education, which is good.

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September 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Academically, a very good school. It needs more parent involvement. There are little extra curricular activities. And very few field trips. The school is quite new so I am sure these things will improve with time.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
We have 3 daughters At Bridgeway Island Elementary. We love the school, the staff, and wouldn't want our children anywhere else

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Bridgeway Island Elementary School
3255 Half Moon Bay Circle, West Sacramento, CA  95691
(916) 375-7778
Last modified Bridgeway Island Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bridgeway Island Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top